BARDENTREFFEN NURNBERG – WAR AND PEACE 100 YEARS AFTER WORLD WAR l

20 May

fin alfredDuring the first weekend of August I am going to play with my old father at the 39th “Bardentreffen Nürnberg”, which will mark that it is exactely 100 years since Germany declared war against Russia, and a couple of days later, against France.

The headline of the festival is “War and Peace”, and the job is to sing soldiers’ songs and peace songs from Denmark, the serious ones as well as the many joking songs that the Danish soldiers used, to keep up the spirit. We will work with a tranlater on stage, and it is going to be ver interesting and probably pretty entertaining, to see the old man tell his many great stories to the German audience through an interpreter.

We have, with generous help from the people behind this great festival, made sure that we have a couple of days in Nürnberg. It has been quite a while since I have been visiting such a large city with my old man, and I am sure that Nürnberg is going to be a lot of fun. We will be looking for exciting instruments, cloth for the traveling people and German beer, of course

More info at www.bardentreffen.de

FIERY SOUL OF THE YEAR 2014!

9 May

Morten Alfred - Radiofolk“Morten Alfred burn for the folk music and for the musicians who plays it. And he works without getting tired to get the message about what the folk music from Denmark is able to, spread out to the world. That is why he is given this price”.

Thus were the words when I received the Danish Musicians Unions Copenhagen Department’s prize as “Fiery Soul of the Year 2014” just reasonly. With the prize followed 15.000 DKR.

It is, of cause always wonderful when people notice and appreciate what you are doing, but to get this price from good colleageues is just fantastic, and it makes me feel absolutely humble. Thank you for the prize, I’ll do my almost to live up to it in the future.

Right now I am mostly focused on my work as editor of Radio Folk, our new internet radio station that ROSA (Dansk Rock Samråd) has started on this adress: www.radiofolk.dk. Here you can listen to Danish roots and folk music around the clock. You can also find us at www.facebook.com/radiofolk.dk.

AUTUMN TOUR IN APRIL!!

4 Apr

AustralienOne year has gone since Himmerland vent to Australia and New Zealand to tour for 22 days. This tour brought us to the National Folk Festival in Canberra, which was a wonderful experience. Ever since then we have worked on being able to return to Australia, and now it is happening. Himmerland has been invited to perform at FolkWorld Fairbridge Festival in the western part of Australia. In Fairbridge they describe Himmerland as “Adrenaline-infused Scandinavian roots music with an African heartbeat”. The festival is happening in the weekend 25th – 27th of April, which is in the Australian autumn when the temperature is down where it is good for out door activities. On our way to Fairbridge we will lperform at venues in the Sydney area, and once more at the National Folk Festival in in Canberra. We wil also do a couple concerts in Melbourne, so all in all we will appear at venues and festivals across Australia from the 17th to the 27th of April. We are very much looking forward to meet all of you, and to introduce you to some of the very new material that we are working on right now, and that we are going to record for our new album in May. You can read more about FolkWorld Fairbridge Festival at: fairbridgefestival.com.au/wp and about National Folk Festival: www.folkfestival.org.au

SPRING TOUR ACROSS DENMARK!

10 Mar
Himmerland hos Eskil Romme i Halkær i Himmerland

Himerland visiting Eskil Romme in Halkær, Himmerland

We in the Danish band Himmerland are working very hard these days to get some new tunes and songs on the repetoire for our upcoming tour in Denmark. The tour starts on March 18th and continues until March 22nd, and we will play new music by the band members, music that was never performed in public before. We have a couple of traditional songs in new arrangements, and new music composed together or by each of us. Come and listen and let us know what you think – the venues is in the calendar of this site. We are looking forward to see you soon! More info at: www.himmerland.it

NEW VIDEO FEATURING LYDOM, BUGGE & HØIRUP!

24 Jan
Bugge får hug!

Kristian is getting som beating by Sonnich during the concert at Copenhagen Folk Club

Now the Danish trio, Sonnich Lydom (accordion), Kristian Bugge (violin) and Morten Alfred Høirup (guitar) has yet new video for you. This live version of the two traditional Danih dance tunes, “Kontra Firtur” and “Wienerkvadrille”, was recorded at a new years concert at Copenhagen Folk Club on the 29th of December 2013. Click here to watch the video! You can get more info about the trio at www.facebook.com/traddk

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

19 Dec
Jensen, Bugge & Høirup i Montmagny, fransk-canada 2013

Jensen, Bugge & Høirup in Montmagny, French Canada 2013

The year 2013 turned out to be a really exciting year with lots of unforgettable experiences and challenges, and everything is suggesting that 2014 will be at least as eventfull

The old year offered some very nice concerts at dozens of Danish and international venues and festivals, from Tórshavn Domkirke (cathedral) in the Faroe Islands, and the old movie theater in the small French – Canadian town, Montmagny, to Devonport Folk Club in the abandoned bunker on the local mountain, with a beautiful view over New Zealand’s Auckland by night.

Unfortunately, we lost the great old accordionist Thyspillemand Karl Skaarup in November, but he will not be forgotten. We got to celebrate his 85th anniversary as a musician in Vestervig Church in October, and he will continue to inspire all of us who have met him and played with him and listened to him!

The new year will offer plenty of music recordings and concerts in Denmark and abroad, with both the band Himmerland as well as with accordionist Mette Kathrine Jensen and violinist Kristian Bugge. In addition, the American Café Orchestra is meeting in Finland in late June to teach and play on Haapavesi Folk Festival, and Lydom, Bugge & Høirup will be traveling all over Denmark playing traditional Danish music.

During the year of 2014, I will travel in Denmark and Germany, Belgium, Great Britain, Italy and Australia, and I ‘m already looking forward to meeting all of you. Have a wonderful Christmas and a wonderful New Year !

Læs mere på: www.himmerland.it, www.facebook.com/traddk

HIMMERLAND NOMINATED FOR A DANISH “GRAMMY”!

11 Nov
Himmerland spiller koncert 2013

Himmerland performing 2013

Himmerland’s album “New Roots Music from Denmark” was just nominated for a Danish Music Award (Danish “Grammy”). We are hoping for the best, but we know very well that the competition is hard on the top. The Galla Award Show is going to be held on the 30th of November 2013. Meanwhile our preparation for the next album has already started, and it looks great already. Follow the band on www.himmerland.it

I have been so lucky recieve seven DMAs with my former duo, Haugaard & Høirup, one with my father, the tradition carrier Fin Alfred Larsen, and one DMA of honour in 2012. But it is still very exciting!

LYDOM, BUGGE & HØIRUP ON AF WINTER VISIT TO LÆSØ!

7 Nov
Lydom, Bugge & Høirup i Københavns gader 2013

Lydom, Bugge & Høirup in the streets of Copenhagen 2013

Sonnich Lydom (Harmonica and accordion), Kristian Bugge (Violin) og I are visiting the little Danish island Læsø which is situated in the very north of Denmark in Kattegat between Frederikshavn and Göteborg. We will perform our program of traditional Danish songs and tunes in the little yellow Østerby Kirke (Østerby Church).

It’s only our third concert together in this little trio, and I am very much looking forward to this – not only to play with the trio, men also to visit Læsø where I have never been before. This is one of the privileges that we have being traveling musicians: We get well around and we meet a lot of fantastic people and communities. Læsø has been on my wishlist for a long time, and I am sure that it would be a pretty good idea have a look at a couple of the famous Læsø tunes before the concert, don’t you think?

Click here to see Lydom, Bugge and Høirup performing a couple of good old Danish reels in the streets of Copenhagen, only interupted by a lady in pink who gets very happy.

AMERICAN CAFE ORCHESTRA (ACO) IS GOING TO FINLAND!

7 Nov
American Café Orchestra 2012

American Café Orchestra 2012

American Café Orchestra is a trio featuring the unique musicianship of fiddler Ruthie Dornfeld (W.A., The US), and bass, flute and jaws harp player Tapani Varis (Finland), and then of course myself, guitarist and singer, Morten Alfred Høirup (Copenhagen, Denmark). The three of us has played together on and off for many years, the band has released four recordings with traditional music from Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Scotland, Ireland, Canada, The US, Venezuela, Hungary, Brazil and more, and in 2012, we recorded the album “Nightmare Polka”, with all new music composed by the three of us.

The band has toured in Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Germany and The US, and in late June 2014 we will meet in Finland to teach at the Haapavesi Summer School, and to perform at Haapavesi Folk Music Festivall in the provinse of Oulu in Ostrobothnia.

MORTEN ALFRED TO RECORD NEW ALBUM WITH THE BAND HIMMERLAND!

22 Oct
Himmerland 2013

Himmerland 2013

The Folk/World band, Himmerland, will be recording their second album in May 2014, this time with compositions by all the band members, plus a few traditional songs. Himmerland released their first album, “New Roots Music from Denmark” in August 2012, an album that has gotten very good reviews, especially outside Denmark.

The band has been traveling, presenting the album in Europe, Russia, Ukraine, South America, Canada, Austrlaia and new Zealand.

During the coming months everybody in the band will be working composing, arranging and rehearsing the music for the album. Then we will be ready to record and tour this new music in Denmark, Germany, Belgium, Australia, Scotland and more. The album is expected to be released in the fall 2014.

Please go to Himmerland’s website to read more about the band and to watch videos from venues and festivals around the world. Go to: www.himmerland.it